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Genus Abrus Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Woody subshrubs or lianas

pulvinate, paripinnate, minutely stipellate; leaflets opposite.

in pseudoracemes. Calyx subtruncate to shortly toothed, the upper lobes joined higher. Standard shortly clawed, with small, inflexed auricles. Keel petals shallowly falcate, abaxially adnate, interlocked with wings. Stamens 9, connate in a split sheath; anthers uniform or 4 slightly smaller. Style glabrous.

mostly compressed, ± septate, dehiscent; seeds subglobose or compressed-ellipsoid; hilum short; radicle incurved.


Distribution and occurrence:


One species in NSW: Abrus precatorius.

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